December 21st, 2017 | by April Gocha
The January/February 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles about new facets for defects in ceramics, innovative new concretes, the NSF CAREER Class of 2017, and much more—is now available online.
December 12th, 2017 | by April Gocha
Researchers at the University of Konstanz in Germany have shown that they can engineer stronger cement by giving the material a nano-level brick and mortar structure. Adding polymer binders into cement to control its nanostructure, the researchers developed a material 40–100 times more fracture resistant than standard concrete.
November 24th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A team of MIT students have come up with a way to incorporate irradiated plastic into cement paste to make concrete that is nearly 15% stronger than what’s available today. This could reduce the amount of plastic in landfills and lower concrete's carbon footprint.
October 17th, 2017 | by April Gocha
ETH Zurich researchers have used computational modeling to design an ultrathin concrete roof for that optimizes strength while eliminating extra material and weight.
October 11th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, in collaboration with BAM Infra, recently completed construction of the world's first 3-D printed reinforced concrete bridge. The steel cables, added during printing, help prestress the concrete to support loads beyond its weight.
September 26th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Salt has long been used on roads and sidewalks to melt snow and ice, but it can destroy vehicles and the environment over time. Researchers have developed a method for melting snow and ice using paraffin, which is less expensive and environmentally-friendly.
September 13th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A mechanical engineering student recently participated in a NIST summer project involving 3-D printed concrete—watch this video to see how the project team tested various cement paste samples to measure viscosity, yield stress, and printing defects.
August 25th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A research team may have solved the cigarette butt litter problem. By mixing discarded cigarette butts with asphalt concrete, they produced a material that can handle heavy traffic and reduce the urban heat island effect.
July 31st, 2017 | by April Gocha
An international group of scientists recently found that the key to the strength of ancient Roman concrete is the presence of aluminous tobermorite, a mineral that slowly forms within voids and prevents cracks from traversing through the concrete.
July 6th, 2017 | by Erica Zimmerman
Students, young professionals, and researchers gathered at Georgia Tech to learn, present, and network with others at the 8th Advances in Cements-Based Materials meeting, June 26–28, hosted by ACerS Cements Division. Highlights included the student poster session and Della Roy Lecture.